In the midst of challenging times, the UMBC community always finds ways to support each other.

The Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund is a resource for UMBC students who face urgent and unexpected financial challenges that suddenly stand between them and their educational goals. Originating from the Student Government Association, the Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund has ensured UMBC students in crisis could continue to pursue their academic dreams for almost 10 years.

Crisis can affect students at any time. In fact, this fund was started to help in moments just like this. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our community in a myriad of ways, and we are hearing from more students than ever who are suddenly struggling in the face of challenges that they could not have imagined. We are working hard to support students now more than ever.

Your donation will help provide relief to students as they navigate through the next few months.

For more information on the fund or on receiving emergency assistance, please email Student Affairs at

To apply for funding, please use this form.

Support Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund

With a small gift, you can help students who truly need your support. Money raised in this campaign directly supports emergency financial aid needs of students at UMBC.

Support Retriever Essentials Fund

The Retriever Essentials Food Pantry is open for limited access in limited locations. Learn how to donate and find temporary pantry locations on the Retriever Essentials website.

In Need of Financial Assistance?

The Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund is available to our students based on generous giving to support students through financially challenging circumstances.  Funding is limited and priority consideration is given to students who have taken full advantage of other aid options available.  This fund is considered one time emergency assistance.

Grants can be used for a variety of expenses that are necessary to support a student’s well-being or academic success.

Examples of Eligible Expenses

  • Off-campus rent
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Child care

Upon applying, please expect to be contacted within 5 days to discuss your application. If your emergency is more urgent, please email

All contributions raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.